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The Indian Herald

March 21, 2009

Mohan Bhagwat is RSS chief, Sudarshan retires

Mohan Bhagwat has taken over as the head of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) after KS Sudarshan decided to step down at the three-day meet of the RSS in Nagpur.

Sudharshan served as the chief of the conservating right-wing Hindu organisation for nine years. The RSS is a major revivalist organisation that has umpteen off-shoots including the militant Bajrang Dal and the VHP.

The new RSS Sarsanghchalak (chief) Mohan Rao Bhagwat is understood to be a well-wisher of BJP leader LK Advani, while the outgoing chief Sudarshan had even advised him to retire from active politics.

The annual general meeting of the RSS is currently on in Nagpur. With Sudarshan announcing his retirement, the focus in on Bhaiya Joshi and Suresh Soni who are the frontrunners for the post of General Secretary.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is a controversial organisation that has been banned in the past. However, in recent years, particularly after the BJPs rise in power at the national-level, the RSS seems to have become a more open organisation compared to the past.

TIH Bureau

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